Edgar's was originally the only bar located directly on campus, opening in 1976. In years past it was open almost every night, presenting small bands, open mic nights, karaoke, and so forth. The Union booked a wide variety of acts over the years, from local bands like Dick Childs' Guitar Army, who filled the house to overflowing, to dinner theatre, with such acts as the Alpha-Omega Players, in 1980. Multiple bands were being scheduled for the venue weekly well into the 1990s. The raising of the alcohol consumption age negatively impacted the on-campus facility as only a quarter of the students were of age. According to Dr. Alan Grubb, history professor, President Max Lennon, who claimed to be a tee-totaler but whom really wasn't, tried unsuccessfully to get Edgar's closed during his period at the university.
Due to waning popularity and attendence, Edgar's bar area was closed most nights by the mid-late 2000s, with the exception of special occasions such as concerts. Reportedly, the final nail in the coffin for Clemson's on-campus bar, was the last student manager, in 2005, who failed to properly enforce i.d. checks of patrons. Following this situation, no faculty or administrative member could be found to play adviser to Edgar's and the student nightclub closed its doors after 29 years. By 2008, the old bar fixtures had been completely removed.
The rest of the area, referred to as the Union Underground houses a 10-lane bowling alley, an Xbox Arena, ping-pong tables, TVs, a projection TV (mainly for big sporting events) and 10 full-size pool tables. They hold both 9 and 8 ball tournaments regularly and have recently begun to hold poker tournaments.
On January 11, 2006 Edgar's replaced the arcade room with an Xbox Arena. The barstools have been replaced with couches and the arcade machines have been replaced with four Xbox consoles each paired with a TV. For $2 an hour per controller gamers can choose from a growing list of games to play on. The Xboxes are also networked together for the potential of hosting sixteen players simultaneously in one game.
List of Xbox games
- Forza Motorsport
- Fusion Frenzy
- Ghost Recon 2
- Halo 2
- Madden '06
- Marvel vs. Capcom 2
- Mortal Kombat: Deception
- Namco Museum
- NBA Live '06
- NCAA Football '06
- Need for Speed: Underground 2
- Pump It Up: Exceed SE (with official game pad)